Keegan’s Locals v Six Geordies who could face Sunderland
Six Geordies could be involved for Newcastle against Sunderland on Sunday.
While Jak Alnwick, Jack Colback and Paul Dummett all look certain to start, Steven Taylor and Sammy Ameobi are very likely to join them – if they were indeed simply rested on Wednesday rather than being injured.
The sixth could be Adam Armstrong, with Alan Pardew declaring after the Spurs match that the 17 year old Geordie would shortly be getting a ‘bigger slice of the action’.
Having local players who understand what the derby means isn’t a new thing, despite the talk of few local lads in the modern era.
Surprisingly, the last ever derby game at Roker Park saw six of the twelve Newcastle players from the area, United running out 2-1 winners in September 1996.
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It wasn’t just any six local lads either;
Lee Clark (came on as a sub)
The more eagle-eyed will have noticed that Steve Howey was actually born in Sunderland but for the purposes of understanding the derby, then surely his background is just as relevant.
If we are being picky then you would have to cross out Steven Taylor who was actually born in London,before his family shortly relocated to the north east.
Looking back at that Keegan team of 1996, it shows just what local talent was around at that time, the first three playing for England and the first two are a pair who are amongst the greatest players to ever appear for the club.
The other three players were not exactly making up the numbers either, all three going on to have very good Premier League careers.
If the current six ‘Geordies’ can achieve half as much at Newcastle as the class of ’96 then they will have been excellent servants to the club.
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